Leafs have the luxury of giving their injured players time to heal

When it comes to injuries this season, I’d say the Leafs still fall in the fairly fortunate category. It’s early, but knock on wood, after the initial games missed by Matthews most of the absences have been fairly manageable.
The two players presently on the injured reserve are about ready to make their return as well, or at least within the next few weeks.

Per Keefe, Mrazek had another assessment today “that went very well.” Projected to get back on the ice toward the weekend. Mikheyev recently had pins removed from his thumb. Continues skating. #Leafs
— Terry Koshan (@koshtorontosun) November 16, 2021

Of course their imminent return is good news, but even if it is an attempt to stick to the initial timeline for recovery, the question needs to be asked, could these players benefit from a more conservative path back into the lineup.
In Mrazek’s case he’s already essentially rushed himself back once or been rushed by the Leafs. The results didn’t do Mrazek or the Leafs any favours. It could be attributed to not fully comprehending the severity, or it could’ve been the need to live up to his contract or to make a …

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Author: Jon Steitzer / The Leafs Nation

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